Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday

The orange and grey baby quilt is coming along!
 I need to get batting and backing then I can put it all together.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

 I'm home sick today. Yuck. I'm mad too because I made it through the whole winter without getting sick! I've been sleeping on the couch most of the day but when I did have a little burst of energy, here's what I saw outside my window.

Mama robin is starting to build a nest in the car port. She can't decide where she wants her nest to be though. There are twigs and strands of grass along the whole length and on both sides. I will be surprised if she actually makes a nest there because we walk by all the time.

 We have baby squirrels.

 I think there are three of them. 

 They played in the crook of the tree for a long time. 

They're pretty cute. I've enjoyed watching them from my spot on the couch. 

Here's something making me happy today, my Christmas cactus is blooming! Actually, it's a Thanksgiving cactus. It's timing has always been a little off. I don't care though, it's pretty no matter when it blooms.
I'm gonna go back to the couch now and watch cooking shows. 
I hoping Gary will bring me some soup!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Any Way You Slice It Quilt

The spring winds have been a blowin' and today is no different. The South wind may bring us some severe weather later today. It is still April though and there is talk of snow. I'm really hoping for rain. 

Gary and I tried on several occasions to get a photo of this quilt last week but it seemed every day was so windy. Finally on Thursday the winds died down to a warm breeze so we headed out to a park. Lincolnites, can you guess which park?

    It was a beautiful evening with the sun shining on the greening grass. Everyone at the park seemed to be coming out of hibernation. Joggers passed by, wearing shorts that revealed skin that hasn't seen the sun in months. Kids ran at the playground while tired parents watched. A woman slowly walked her old dog, his grey face smiling in the sun. You could see his body wasn't keeping up with the memory of running in his mind. Even so, he was loving the fresh air and a pat on the head from a stranger. Gary and I ate and talked, taking it all in. It was just lovely.

I really love this quilt! (Don't I always say that?) I love how colorful it is but also that I used fabric and batting I already had. I didn't think I would ever use up that brown flowery fabric but the pattern in the book had it and so I went with it. I wouldn't have chosen it myself but I think it works!
Some of the batting I used has been kicking around my stash since my first quilting projects. It was time to toss it or use it. I cut the batting into 7" squares and sewed the fabric strips directly to the batting. This was my first "quilt as you go" project.

For the backing, I used a piece of fabric that's been in my stash for years. I did minimal stitch in the ditch quilting to put it all together. For the binding I chose the solid navy blue to tie it all together.
The quilt measures 49" x 56" and it is hanging on my dining room wall right now.
It's making me pretty happy!

 Happy weekend to you!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On to the next baby quilt!
 Orange and grey with a little hot pink for a fun pop!

It looks like I have been inspired by my cutting mat again. Actually, I didn't choose the colors this time but I do like this color combination. The last time I used orange and grey in a project I made these potholders.

The past couple days I've been cutting out squares and playing around with the layout. I'm not sure if I "love" it yet so I'm letting it hang out on the design wall. I like to stare at my quilt layouts while I brush my teeth in the morning haha! Is that weird? My brain isn't filled with a bunch of other thoughts then I guess.
 It's a fresh look.

Busy week here. I've got a concert at school tonight and at church we're gearing up for Easter. I may not get any sewing done until this weekend. More time to brush my teeth and stare at this quilt I guess.
Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ruby's Quilt

The bright baby quilt is finished! 
It measures 44" x 52" and is hand quilted with perle cotton thread.
This one is already on it's way to a brand new little girl who was born last week. I'm so glad I was a little late in getting the quilt done because I was able to put her name on the tag! 

The weather has been cloudy and cool which has me staying inside. I'm hoping to finish up the Any Way You Slice It quilt by this weekend. 

The list of quilts I want to make is growing! My dad wants a wall hanging and I've been thinking about making a black and white quilt. Before any of that happens though, my next project will be another baby quilt. My family is keeping me busy in the baby quilt department! That's ok with me though. I'm definitely enjoying having time to quilt.


Friday, March 28, 2014

A Birthday Present

I am so ready for spring. 
The sight of brown grass and bare trees is really starting to get to me. We did have a little bit of rain yesterday though, so green growing things can't be too far behind! 

If you need to see a bright pop of color like me right now, here's a little project I put together for my mom's birthday present.

I found this note pad box in the stationary aisle at the bookstore. I thought mom might like the flowers and butterflies on the lid but I was really hoping it would be the perfect size for these....

You have no idea how excited I was that these photos actually fit perfectly haha!

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen these photos of #bettysgarden from when I stayed with my mom last June. I loved spending time working on her yard and garden and of course, hanging out with her!
 My favorite thing to do was documenting her awesome garden using my cell phone camera. I ended up with a lot of good photos and I thought it would be cool to make prints to put in her garden journal. When it came time to make some prints though, I wasn't sure how to do it. 

I did some searching on the internet and decided to use printstagram. I downloaded the app to my phone and then the rest was so easy. The app connects to Instagram where you can select the photos you want to print. It took about a week to get the prints in the mail, and as you can see, they turned out really nice! 

I chose the 4"x4" size prints. The paper is a heavy card stock so these could easily be displayed in a photo holder and not curl up like regular prints.

One of my favorite childhood memories of my mom is when she would read to my sisters and I before bed at night. We'd all get our jammies on and then climb into bed with her. She read all kinds of stories, but my favorites always involved animals, one of which was the story of Peter Rabbit.

To me, Peter Rabbit was not just a character in a book, he was real! Anytime the lettuce had been nibbled in mom's garden it was Peter Rabbit's fault! If a vegetable had been stolen, Peter Rabbit was always the culprit! So when I saw this book, Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life, I knew mom would like it. I thumbed through it and now I can't stop thinking about it. I want to buy it for myself! I'm hoping it will be a little gardening inspiration while we wait for warmer days to arrive.